Accessibility and inclusion Home / Community / Accessibility and inclusion Page ContentAccess and Inclusion is about providing the same opportunity to people with or without disability, to use community services, premises and facilities, and to participate and be included in the community. The City of Stirling is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, accessible and engaged community.Access and Inclusion Plan 2015–2020The City has developed the Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020 which addresses:Access to the City's services and eventsAccess to buildings and facilities owned by the City of StirlingReceiving information in appropriate formatsA high standard of service for all peopleMaking complaintsParticipating in public consultationEmployment and volunteer opportunitiesThis plan encourages contractors and businesses in the City to move towards applying the principles of access and inclusion, making the City of Stirling truly accessible to the whole community.The current Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020 is available to download (see below) or if you would like to request a copy in an alternative format, please contact the Stirling Customer Service Team on (08) 9205 8555. Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020.pdfA guide to inclusive employment The City of Stirling is pleased to release its 'Rethink Employment' video. This short film was funded with the assistance of a Lighthouse Project Grant and is an exciting opportunity to influence people directly involved in recruitment, both at the City and in the wider community. Finding employment is something many West Australians take for granted. For people with disability, finding, securing and retaining employment can be challenging. City of Stirling staff and high profile guests share their real-life employment stories on film and provide advice to help demystify the process of employing people with disability. The film aims to provide viewers with knowledge and practical strategies that support positive employment outcomes, including information on how to be an inclusive workplace and where to access support. Access and Inclusion InitiativesExamples of recent access and inclusion initiatives achieved by the City include:Access works at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre have been completed with the provision of eight universal access toilets, two of which have adult change tables, shower and toilet facilities.The Stirling Men's Shed has increased its capacity for onsite sales through the procurement of a new transportable building which also provides an activity room where clients with disability are supported to participate in projects and a range of activities. City of Stirling Community Day Club members who are non-verbal are communicating with other members, staff and volunteers using IPads. The IPads have accessibility features such as voice over, zoom, magnifier and larger text.The City of Stirling works closely with WA Disability Enterprises (WADE) regarding procurement opportunities and has entered into several commercial arrangements. These include the management of the 'Tip Shop' at the Balcatta Recycling Station, playground sand sifting & maintenance and native plant supply.Working to address social isolation of residents by forming a craft group at the Osborne Community Centre with the support of volunteers.Introduced website video links for many of our community services using Australian Sign Language (Auslan) with English transcript.Attended seniors groups and group housing facilities to provide advice and information on security and services provided by the City's Community Safety Business Unit.Meals on Wheels introduced heating instructions in Braille on meal container lids for people with vision impairment.Developed a 'Reasonable Adjustments Management Practice'. Implemented a 'Job Shop' initiative at the Osborne Community Centre to support City residents in their search for employment. The service includes resume support, coaching in interview techniques and general information around employability.Introduced an online system for dog and cat registrations.Moved to a fully electronic tendering system, with all of the City's tender opportunities being advertised and actioned online.Provision of assistive equipment such as portable hearing loops available at key City locations.Ongoing upgrades for pedestrian access and the continued implementation of the strategic footpath network delivering up to 80 footpaths per year.Disability Advisory PanelThe City has a Disability Advisory Panel (DAP) who provide expert advice and guidance to the City Officers and Council in respect to disability services matters relating to the City of Stirling. Members are drawn from organisations operating in the disability services field who have operations within the City of Stirling and from individuals residing within the City, who in the City's view, are able to contribute expertise and advice on disability. Nominations are now open for the City of Stirling Disability Advisory Panel for a 2 year period commencing 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2017. For more information and a nomination form Go to Disability Advisory PanelWorking at the CityThe City embraces diversity and encourages applications from people with disabilities. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and a supportive workplace. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. ServicesFind out about services and facilities provided by the City of Stirling. Here you can find information on services for families, women, men, seniors, and people with disabilities including Home and Community Care Services (HACC)Go to ServicesAccessible Stirling AwardsThe City of Stirling has recently launched the Accessible Stirling Awards in recognition of businesses within the City of Stirling who facilitate improved access and inclusion for their staff, customers or the community.Access and inclusion initiatives may include things such as providing large print menus or installing an automatic door opener which can result in increased participation of community members including people with disability, their families, friends and carers, seniors and parents with young children.Anyone can submit a nomination – customers, community members, other businesses, employees or businesses may self-nominate for an award.For more information and a nomination form please download the Accessible Stirling Awards brochure below, or contact the City of Stirling Customer Service on (08) 9205 8555 . Accessible Stirling Awards The City of Stirling recently recognised Westfield Innaloo with an 'Accessible Stirling' award in recognition of their efforts to facilitate improved access and inclusion for their customers.Westfield Innaloo introduced electric power shoppers and wheelchairs to provide customers with mobility issues or health problems the ability to navigate through the shops with ease. Customers that have difficulty walking to the customer service desk to access these mobility devices, have the option for a Westfield Innaloo staff member to meet them at their car.Photograph: Nikkie Dyer Concierge Supervisor at Westfield Innaloo with former Paralympian swimmer and City of Stirling resident, Elizabeth Edmondson with Mayor Giovanni Italiano.Good Access is Good BusinessA business that is accessible and inclusive increases your customer base. It benefits people with disability, seniors, parents with prams, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and your employees. The City has developed a guide to support initiatives that help create an accessible business. This is available for download below: Accessible Stirling Guide for Businesses Recharge SchemeThe City of Stirling has partnered with RECHARGE Scheme Australia Limited to provide power points enabling people to 'top up' the battery charge on their electric wheelchairs or gophers. We are asking for expressions of interest from businesses and organisations to partner in offering this service. For more information on the scheme, please visit RECHARGE Scheme or for information on becoming a program partner, contact the City of Stirling on (08) 9205 8555.Recharge points located in the City of Stirling: Dianella,Inglewood,Mirrabooka,Osborne and Scarborough Libraries Herb Graham Recreation Centre, MirrabookaKarrinyup Shopping CentreBeach WheelchairA beach wheelchair is available to the public free of charge from the City of Stirling's Beach Services, located at the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club. Bookings can be made during normal office hours, Monday to Friday by contacting the City's Beach Services on (08) 9205 7470. For further information please read Conditions of Use, Safety Guide and Hire Agreement. COS Beach Wheel Chair Conditions of UseCOS Beach wheelchair Hire AgreementCOS Beach wheelchair user and safety guidePortable Pool HoistThe City of Stirling was successful in obtaining a $21,770 Community Infrastructure Grant in 2015 to purchase a portable pool hoist for the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre in Inglewood.These grants were offered by the Disability Services Commission in partnership with the Western Australian Local Government Association. The purchase of the portable pool hoist enables hoist access to the 25 metre indoor lap pool and the 50 metre outdoor pool. It also supports one of the key strategies in the City's Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2020, 'People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and other facilities of the City of Stirling'. The City anticipates that the provision of a portable pool hoist at the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre will result in an increase in the use of the facility by people with disability for improved health and wellbeing. Paralympian, Elizabeth Edmondson photographed with Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre lifeguard.Translating and Interpreting ServiceThis service is designed to ensure that non-English speakers are not disadvantaged and can access City of Stirling services equitably. This service is free for non-English speaking residents and ratepayers on issues such as rates, garbage collection, community support, planning and building permit matters.For language assistance please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask them to contact the City of Stirling Customer Service on (08) 9205 8555. Auslan Translating ServiceAuslan is the visual language of the Australian Deaf community. Sign Language Communications Western Australia provides Auslan interpreting for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The City offers this interpreting service free for residents and ratepayers on issues such as rates, garbage collection, community support, planning and building permit matters.For the assistance of an Auslan Interpreter, please contact the City of Stirling Customer Service on (08) 9205 8555 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org National Relay ServiceThe National Relay Service (NRS) can help people who have difficulty hearing or speaking on the phone by involving a relay officer in the call and in most cases you typing or reading using a special phone called a TTY, or by internet relay on a computer. See the National Relay Service website for more information or contact the NRS Helpdesk (9.00am - 5.00pm Sydney time) on 1800 555 660. Creating an accessible eventThe City supports accessible events that can be enjoyed by all people including people with a disability, people with prams and young children, many older people, people making deliveries and people with heavy baggage. An event such as an exhibition, conference, fundraiser, Annual General Meeting, outdoor concert, street fair or award ceremony are an important part of the lives of many people.If you are a person or organisation hosting an event, you have a legal responsibility to avoid discrimination and remove barriers to equal access. Have you considered accessible parking close to the event and toilets with enough room for a person using a wheelchair? For information on how to create an accessible event, a guide has been developed by the Meetings and Events Industry of Australia in partnership with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. This guide can be found at Accessible EventsThe Disability Services Commission – Local CoordinationThe Disability Services Commission (DSC) has two Local Coordination Offices in the City of Stirling. Local Coordinators (LCs) have local knowledge and can assist people with disability by providing information and helping them to plan, organise and access supports and services. LCs also work with local communities to be more inclusive and welcoming. For information visit the DSC website or contact local offices using the information below:Mirrabooka Office:2 Cobbler Place, Mirrabooka Phone (08) 9440 4898 Innaloo Office:16 Morris Place, Innaloo Phone (08) 9446 6785AdvocareAdvocare offers a free, professional and confidential advocacy service throughout Western Australia empowering people through advocacy, information and education. To speak to an Advocate please contact Advocare Incorporated during office hours, 8.30am-4.30pm Monday - Friday on (08) 9479 7566 iVoteThe WA Electoral Commission has launched iVote (Accessible online voting for eligible electors). iVote is a form of voting using the internet or touch tone telephone. The Commission has introduced iVote so that eligible electors can cast their vote unassisted and in secret from home or wherever they are comfortable. An eligible elector is anyone unable to vote without assistance and/or anyone who may have difficulty casting a vote at a polling place. An eligible elector will be asked to make a self-declaration, confirming their eligibility.For further information about iVote visit www.elections.wa.gov.au/ivote Can't Wait Card Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory conditions where the lining of the one or more parts of the gastrointestinal tract become inflamed. It affects over 75,000 Australians most commonly diagnosed in people aged between 15 – 30 years. They are chronic conditions with no cure and the cause is unknown. The City of Stirling show their support for people with the medical condition Crohn's and colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), by recognising the Can't Wait Card at participating City of Stirling facilities. The Can't Wait Card is issued to members of Crohn’s and Colitis Australia (CCA) who have been formally diagnosed with Crohn's or Colitis (IBD), to help them gain access to a toilet in times of urgency. To find a participating venue to go the Cant Wait website To learn more about Crohn’s and Colitis go to the Crohns and Colitis website'You're welcome' projectPeople with disability, carers and seniors can search to find accessible business and community facilities in the City of Stirling. Access information will assist people of all ages and abilitiesFind access details of businesses and attractions in the City of Stirling and Western Australia such as accommodation and cafes. Check out diagrams of toilets and bathrooms to choose what suits you bestUsed 'advanced search' to find accessible accommodation, toilets and parking to meet your particular needsVisit the Access WA website for more information.